Road trip Saturday: Leopards, Sharks, Hornets at three different venues

Hernando High’s Fernando Valdez is six wins shy of becoming the 26th Leopard to reach 100 prep wins since 1972. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

WRESTLING

HHS revisits Timber Creek,

WWHS at Crawfordville,

NCT ventures to Palmetto

By TONY CASTRO

HernandoSport.com

Three Hernando County mat squads – Hernando, Nature Coast Technical, Weeki Wachee – will hit the road Saturday for a trio of IBTs (individually bracketed tournaments).

Hernando revisits Orlando for the 5th Wolfpack Invitational at Timber Creek High School while NCT journeys to the Palmetto Pride IBT and Weeki Wachee zips down US-19 to Crawfordville for the Wakulla IBT.

Both Central and F.W. Springstead have the weekend off.

Leopards at Timber Creek

19 teams in the double elimination IBT (individually bracketed tourney) format are expected at Timber Creek featuring: Altamonte Springs-Lake Brantley, Brooksville-Hernando, Deland, Gainesville-Buchholz, Groveland-South Lake, Lakeland-Lake Gibson, Lake Mary, Melbourne-Palm Bay, Orlando-Lake Nona, Orange City-University, Orlando-East River, Orlando-Evans, Orlando-First Academy, Orlando-Olympia, Port Orange-Atlantic, Sanford-Seminole, Windermere, and host Orlando-Timber Creek.

The defending two-time champion, Apopka, opted not to return this winter.

In the mostly Class 3A event, HHS, finished fourth.

Eleven Leopards return including five of the six top-four placers: champion Bronson Tafelski. Josh Pritz (second), Boston Tafelski (second) and Heaven-Leigh Jackson (fourth).

This time, HHS is expected to tow 16 wrestlers.

Johnathan Ahne

Sophomore Jonathan Ahne, a starter at 195 pounds, dislocated his elbow during practice on Monday, and been replaced by sophomore Maddox Romain. Romain will be making his varsity debut.

Two other backups, sophomores Jason Perez at 138 and Justin Fabela at 152, will also be making the trip.

Going in, Lakeland-Lake Gibson, which has reeled in three state mat titles in 18 months, was the expected to be the team to beat, but the Braves are not bringing its much varied assortment of weapons.

No Ashton Habeil, no Connor Williams nor Andreas Bond.

Sans three hammers, HHS believes it has chance to walk away with Saturday’s top trophy.

David Pritz

HHS, which hasn’t competed since getting blasted by Orlando-Lake-Highland Prep, 57-12, in the 1A-II Duals Finals at Kissimmee last Friday, is ready to rumble.

“The mood is good. We’re excited to be competing again at Timber Creek,” admitted seventh-year mentor David Pritz. “If Lake Gibson only brings half of their team, we have a realistic shot of winning.

“… Health-wise, we’re okay with the exception of Ahne. I don’t expect him back this season. The dislocation was pretty serious.”

Fernando Valdez

Senior Fernando Valdez arrives as the team leader in wins (30) followed by Alex “New York” Espinal at 26.

Valdez is six wins shy of becoming the 26th Leopard since 1972, to collect 100 career prep mat victories.

NCT at Palmetto Pride

The Sharks travel to Manatee County to take part in the 19-team Palmetto Pride IBT.

The field is expected to include: host Palmetto, Sarasota-Booker, Sarasota-Riverview, Sarasota Military Academy, Sebring, St. Petersburg-Admiral Farragut Academy, St. Petersburg-Dixie Hollins, St. Petersburg-Northside Christian, Bradenton-Bayshore, Bradenton-Braden River, Bradenton-Southeast, Bradenton-St, Stephen‘s Episcopal, Brandon, Dunedin, Naples-Gulf Coast, Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical, Fort Myers-Southwest Florida Christian Academy and Tampa-Sickles and Winter Haven.

Legendary Brandon, a year removed from capturing 17 straight mat titles, is the overwhelming favorite in the Tigers’ gym.

Of the Eagles’ expected 16 grapplers, six enter with one loss of less, including four unbeaten.

Chance Phillips

The Brooksville mat men will counter with 11 grapplers.

“Overall, we’re healthy and (Jaxson) Morris is finally down 132 pounds,” explained second-year Head Coach Chance Phillips. “We’re still a super young team trying to fill some holes.”

In looking over the field, “Brandon will separate itself from all the others,” predicted Phillips. “I see up to five teams battling for second.”

On the Sharks’ goals this weekend, “We’d like (Jonathan) Dominguez and (Billy) Fetzner to continue their fine seasons. I think both could reach the finals.

“Now, (Chris) Spellman is super athletic. He usually has trouble with kids who have more technique. I could see him sneak in and medal …. I’m really hoping that Morris is a lot more competitive at his new weight.”

Billy Fetzner

Fetzner enters leading the Sharks in wins (31) and pins (20).

Dominguez (22) and Morris (21) rank second and third on the squad in victories.

Hornets to Crawfordville

The US-19 mat men, who coming off last weekend‘s second-place effort in the 19-team Belleview Duals, are journeying to Wakulla County for the first time.

The War Eagles are expecting 18 other teams including: Panama City Beach-Arnold, Panama City-Bay, Jacksonville-Bishop Snyder, Bozeman, Marianna, Tallahassee-Chiles, Tallahassee-Leon, Crestview, Orlando-Master’s Academy, The Villages, Fort Walton Beach, Rocky Bayou, Panama City-Rutherford, South Walton, Weeki Wachee, West Nassau, Wewahitchka and Yulee.

WWHS, which will wrestle a single dual meet on Friday night against Chiles, is expected to tow 13 varsity grapplers.

The Hornets will cover each of the weight divisions except 138 pounds.

Third-year skipper Dan Gigantelli is bringing seven additional junior varsity wrestlers to compete in Saturday’s event at the Wakulla High cafeteria.

The host War Eagles are heavily favored to win this weekend’s event.

Dan Gigantelli

Wakulla finished as Class 1A state runners-up to Lake Highland Prep last weekend in Osceola County.

“I see lots of opportunities,” expressed Coach Gigantelli prior to setting foot on Wakulla County soil. “It’ll be good to see different kids and different teams and kinda see how we stack up against a mainly 1A field.”

On the Hornets’ goal, “Wakulla is a solid program. They lost to Lake Highland last week in the duals finals. We’re just looking for a better barometer of where this team is.”

WWHS is led by sophomore Keith Germain at 106 pounds at 29-9 with 19 pins.

Keith Germain

Giving chase is senior Jahikye Facey at 285 (26-9) and sophomore Aidan Mayberry at 145 (26-6).

AT A GLANCE

Orlando-Timber Creek Wolves

WHAT – 5th annual Wolfpack Invitational Wrestling Tournament.

WHO – 19 teams in the double elimination IBT (individually bracketed tourney) format featuring: Altamonte Springs-Lake Brantley, Brooksville-Hernando, Deland, Gainesville-Buchholz, Groveland-South Lake, Lakeland-Lake Gibson, Lake Mary, Melbourne-Palm Bay, Orlando-Lake Nona, Orange City-University, Orlando-East River, Orlando-Evans, Orlando-First Academy, Orlando-Olympia, Port Orange-Atlantic, Sanford-Seminole, Windermere, and host Orlando-Timber Creek. The defending two-time champion is Apopka.

WHERE – Timber Creek High School gymnasium, 1001 Avalon Park South Blvd., Orlando.

WHEN – Saturday, Feb. 1 with action beginning at 9:30 a.m..

AT STAKE – Trophies awarded to the top four teams. Top four placers in each weight receive medals.

01-27-18: HHS @ Wolfpack Invitational

at Orlando-Timber Creek

Bronson Tafelski
 

WGT

 

NAME

 

YR

 

W

 

L

 

PINS

 

PL.

 

106

Jackson, Heaven-Leigh

10

2

2

1

4th

 

113

Britton, Jonothon

10

0

2

0

 

120

Gould, Billy

9

1

2

1

 

126

Gommier, Samantha

12

0

2

0

 

132

Hulse, Josh

12

4

1

1

3rd

 

138

Pritz, Josh

9

3

1

1

2nd

 

145

Tafelski, Boston

11

3

1

2

2nd

 

145

Ertl, Will

10

2

2

1

 

152

Tafelski, Bronson

11

4

0

1

1st

 

170

Valdez, Fernando

11

2

2

0

 

182

Espinal, Alex

11

3

2

2

4th

 

220

Coney, Qwenton

10

3

2

2

 

285

Platt, Matt

10

0

2

0

 

TOTALS (13)

 

27

 

21

 

12

 

-6-

2018 Final Wolfpack Invitational

Team Standings:

Apopka Darters
 

PL.

 

TEAM

 

CLASS

 

PTS.

1.

Apopka (APO)

3A-2

209.0

2.

Lake Mary (LM)

3A-3

190.0

3.

Orlando-Timber Creek (TC)

3A-4

151.5

 

4.

 

Brooksville-Hernando (HER)

 

1A-6

 

119.0

5.

Gainesville-Buchholz (BUCH)

3A-1

115.5

6.

Celebration (CEL)

3A-5

103.0

7.

Port Orange-Atlantic (ATL)

1A-7

86.5

8.

Sanford-Seminole (SEMI)

3A-3

68.0

9.

Orlando-Dr,. Phillips (DRP)

3A-2

67.0

10.

Apopka-Wekiva (WEK)

3A-2

61.0

11.

Orlando-University (UNIV)

3A-4

53.0

12.

DeLand (DEL)

3A-3

43.0

12.

Orlando-Olympia (OLY)

3A-2

43.0

14.

Windermere (WIND)

3A-2

25.0

15.

Altamonte Springs-Lake Brantley (LB)

3A-3

20.0

16.

Orlando-East River (ER)

2A-6

17.0

17.

Orlando-First Academy (FA)

1A-7

10.0

 

TEAMS (17)

2018 Finals

106 – Jayden Tapia (TC) dec. Caleb Cooper (CEL), 9-5.

113 – Jared Purcell (LM) pin Elijah Petit-Frere, 3:54.

120 – Ben Belizaire (APO) pin Alex Vasquez (LM), 8:00.

126 – Corban Arana (TC) major dec. Ekekiel McEntire, 18-8.

132 – Wilnes Accius (WEK) dec. Jylin Givens (LM), 7-2.

138 Dwight Parker (APO) pin Josh Pritz (HER), 5:24.

145Jared Weed (LM) dec. Boston Tafelski (HER), 5-2.

152Bronson Tafelski (HER) dec. Tracen Ransdell (BUCH), 7-2.

160 – Thanks Alcius (APO) dec. Miles Banks (LM), 6-4.

170 – Armando Acosta (BUCH) dec. Brian Santiago (TC), 3-1.

182 – Kendrick Koller (APO) dec. Alphonso Serrano (CEL), 11-4

195 – Matthew Simms (APO) pin Lawrence Smith-Jackson (BUCH), 3:04.

220 – Will Litsey (LM) dec. Edmond Wals (UNIV), 2-1.

285 – Jacob Donaldson (LM) dec. Aaron Menden (BUCH0, 2-1.

2018 Consolation Finals Results:

106Jacob McCrimmon (TC) dec. Heaven-Leigh Jackson (HER), 2-1.

113 – Logan Custred (TC) pin Cole Peraza (CEL), 3:55.

120 – Raphael Seabra (OLY) pin Olevi Adams (DRP), 5:12.

126 – KeShawn Peterson (CEL) pin Roosevelt Jackson (APO), 2:12.

132Josh Hulse (HER) dec. DeAngelo Fletcher (BUCH), 3-0.

138 – Manny Fernandez (LM) won by forfeit over Carlos Matos (TC).

145 – T.J. Rideout (ATL) won by forfeit over Adrian Chevez (UNIV).

152 – Landon Coleman (ATL) won by forfeit over Luis Vargas (CEL).

160 – Roody Eduoard (APO) major dec. Zabriel Allen (SEMI), 12-4.

170 – Zachary Jordan (ATL) won by forfeit over Keyshon Talley (APO).

182Luis Forstal (DRP) pin Alex Espinal (HER), 2:32.

195 – Anthony Coleman (TC) won by forfeit Julian Zapata (CEL).

220 – Michael Handy (APO) pin Shaquille Kellyman (DRP), 2:47.

285 – Ben Moxley (LM) pin Shamir Nelson (TC), 1:40.

AT A GLANCE

WHAT – Palmetto Pride IBT Wrestling Tournament.

Palmetto Tigers

WHO – Nineteen teams in a double elimination individually bracketed tournament format including: host Palmetto, Sarasota-Booker, Sarasota-Riverview, Sarasota Military Academy, Sebring, St. Petersburg-Admiral Farragut Academy, St. Petersburg-Dixie Hollins, St. Petersburg-Northside Christian, Bradenton-Bayshore, Bradenton-Braden River, Bradenton-Southeast, Bradenton-St, Stephen‘s Episcopal, Brandon, Dunedin, Naples-Gulf Coast, Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical, Fort Myers-Southwest Florida Christian Academy and Tampa-Sickles and Winter Haven.

WHERE – Palmetto High’s gymnasium, 1200 17th Street W, Palmetto.

WHEN – Saturday, Feb. 2.

At STAKE – Trophies for top three teams and each team will present its own Most Outstanding Wrestler.

AT A GLANCE

WHO – Wakulla IBT Wrestling Tournament.

Crawfordville-Wakulla War Eagles

WHAT – Nineteen teams in a double elimination individually bracketed tournament format: Panama City Beach-Arnold, Panama City-Bay, Jacksonville-Bishop Snyder, Bozeman, Marianna, Tallahassee-Chiles, Tallahassee-Leon, Crestview, Orlando-Master’s Academy, The Villages, Fort Walton Beach, Rocky Bayou, Panama City-Rutherford, South Walton, Weeki Wachee, West Nassau, Wewahitchka, Yulee, and host Wakulla

WHERE – Wakulla High School’s gymnasium, 3237 Coastal Hwy., Crawfordville.

WHEN – Saturday, Feb. 2 to begin at 10 a.m. along four mats.

AT STAKE – Top two teams receive trophies. Individual Outstanding Wrestler awards provide for each team.

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